Epicuro Nero d’Avola

This is on the lighter side for a Nero d’Avola, both in color and in flavor. Stylistically, it’s closer to South America than Sicily, but at this price, these are quibbles. Almost entirely devoid of tannins, this is a very fruity, almost off-dry wine with a medium body and little acidity. (more…)

Fratelli d’Italia Chianti

The nose of this wine is smoky, musty, and gamey; the palate is acidic and dry, overwhelming the subtle berry fruit. Skip it.

Bruno Porro San Luigi Dolcetto di Dogliani

The nose initially smells a bit like corn, with hints of candied fruit and a bit of dirt. The wine itself is tart on the introduction to the palate, finishing with strong tannins and a lack of distinguishable fruit.  Although this wine is drinkable, there are much better options at this price point.

Antica Corte Garganega Pinot Grigio

A casual glance at this bottle suggests it’s a Pinot Grigio, but a closer look reveals that it is in fact 80% Garganega, and only 20% Pinot Grigio. The nose has some tropical fruit notes with hints of yeast and melon. While the palate does not offer much fruit, it is bright and acidic, with a bit of honeydew. (more…)

Trecciano Chianti

The nose vacillates between red berries and sweaty vegetation. If that isn’t enough to turn you off, the taste certainly will. Upon opening, the wine has a slight effervescence; however, this quickly fades into a thin, watery consistency, offering nothing more than a generic “grapey” finish.  For $7.99, there is better to be had.